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Phuket ramps up campaign to remove ugly, unused overhead cables

Phuket ramps up campaign to remove ugly, unused overhead cables

PHUKET: Workers started removing unsightly tangles of unused telecommunications cables along Mae Luan Rd in Phuket Town yesterday (Sept 25) as the Phuket office of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) rolled out the next major stage of its campaign to tidy up roadside overhead cables.


By The Phuket News

Thursday 26 September 2019, 10:56AM


Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung cuts unused telecommunications cables strung along Mae Luan Rd in Phuket Town yesterday (Sept 25). Photo: PR Dept

Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung cuts unused telecommunications cables strung along Mae Luan Rd in Phuket Town yesterday (Sept 25). Photo: PR Dept

Present for the occasion, Phuket Vice Governor Prakob Wongmaneerung explained that the project is part of a nationwide push by the Ministry of Interior to tidy up ugly overhead cables in 74 provinces.

The nationwide campaign is to be completed in June next year, he said.

“Disorderly cables have been a problem for Thailand for a long time, and sometimes the cables hang down and may cause danger to those passing by,” he said.

Phuket PEA Manager Wichan Praenam explained that the work to tidy up the cables along Mae Luan Rd was just the beginning of Stage 1 of the next phase of Phuket campaign, which will remove unused telecommunications cables along six sections of main roads.

Stage 1 will see unnecessary cables removed from 1,765 power/utility poles along 31.85 kilometres of road, Mr Wichan said.

Mae Luan Rd is the first road to be worked on, with unneeded cables removed from the intersection with Yaowarat Rd to Wichit Songkram Rd, he explained.

“We expect to finish this before the end of October,” he added.

Next, Thepkrasattri Rd will be targetted in three stages: 1) from the Isuzu dealership in Koh Kaew to the Bang Khu Intersection; 2) from Bang Khu Intersection to the WorKor Intersection (leading to Phuket Rajabhat University); amd 3) from the WorKor Intersection to Satree Phuket School (intersection with Thungkha Rd and Damrong Rd).

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The last section of road to have unnecessary cables removed will be in Patong, where workers will clear extra cables from in front of the Masjid Nurul Islam mosque on Phra Baramee Rd to to Loma Circle near the Patong beachfront.

Stage 2 of the campaign will see cables removed from 1,355 power/utility poles along 24.5km of road, Mr Wichan added.

Stage 2 will see cables cleared from: 1) along Damrong Rd, from Satree Phuket School to Region 8 Labor Court; 2) all along Surin Rd; 3) all along Narisorn Rd; 4) Rassadanusorn Rd, from Thepkrasattri Rd to Trang Rd; and 5) along the Patong-Kamala road, from Loma Circle to Laem Singh.

 

 

 

 

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Kurt | 27 September 2019 - 12:36:04

@BenPendejo.  We may guess that combining projects makes budgets smaller. That is swearing in a  thai church/temple.  Think about the 'flow under the table'. About removing death cables, we will be surprised how much stuff that is, at least 60%, built up during many years. All good to recycle, if they know how to do.

BenPendejo | 27 September 2019 - 09:44:36

On the big scheme of things, removing unused cables will be hardly noticeable.  What I don't understand is why this ongoing expansion of the scenic coastal road from Surin to Patong... (yes, the project that is making a ridiculously wide road along the coast), hasn't integrated a plan to underground the cables.  Or does Thai planning just account for a future budget to burn through.

Pascale | 26 September 2019 - 17:15:20

"Hap snap here and there?" What is a hap snap? Dutch?

Kurt | 26 September 2019 - 14:17:13

As long the ugly unused, old cables are not removed all over Phuket, from north to south, from east to west, that long this campaign can not finish next year June. Hap snap here and there? What kind of government campaign is that? Make Phuket totally death cable free.

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